Summary of the issue
Counterfeit and illegal pesticides are being produced, marketed and sold by criminals around the world. Improved access to technology and legislative loopholes facilitates the trade of counterfeit and illegal products. This is serious organised crime.
Why it’s important
Counterfeit and illegal pesticides are untested and unauthorised. They can result in yield losses for farmers, and potentially pose risks to human health and the environment. ECPA works with authorities and supports communication activities to raise awareness and help bring an end to the trade in counterfeit and illegal pesticides. Counterfeit and illegal pesticides arrive on the European market primarily via smuggling or under the cover of illegal parallel imports.
For more information on counterfeit and illegal pesticides and contact numbers to report suspicious products/activity, visit http://www.ecpa.eu/stewardship/counterfeit-illegal-pesticides.
CropLife International also hosts an information resource on international efforts against counterfeit pesticides - here.